47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
For those of you who come to Grace for Life Bible Church, you cannot help but hear a great big exclamation point in this passage. Yesterday’s message from Isaiah 66:1-3 was an emphasis on hearing and doing the Word of God. This has been a continuing theme in our church for a while now. And here, in John 12 we read that Jesus made the same emphasis. (We actually get our emphasis from Him.)
What did God give us? He gave us words. What do those words do? They lead us to Him and direct us in His will. Knowing this to be true, why do we struggle so hard against God’s clear instructions for life and for godliness? Why do we struggle against gathering as a New Testament church? (It amazes me how easily people don’t go to church. Church member will stay home for the smallest reasons as though obeying God’s directives to gather is an option in their week.)
As our kids were growing up we sought to be wisdom sources in their lives. We would get our wisdom from the Bible and then seek to implant it in their lives. Sometimes they listened and sometimes they didn’t. When they listened their lives were much better than when they didn’t. As adults, we have the very same options, that is, either we listen to God’s wisdom through His word and life goes better or we don’t listen to God’s wisdom through His word and life goes worse.
I guess the point of today’s passage is that Jesus spoke the words of God His Father. Do we really believe this? When we are fully convinced that the Word of God has been given we will change our lives to live in line with that Word. Jesus points out that in the judgment our treatment of God’s word will be our judge. It will not be an arbitrary judgment for God keeps records of what we do with His Word. Think about it.
We had an amazing night of ministry last night. People kept coming in groups to solve the riddle thus giving us endless opportunities to guide them through the riddles on the board to the end riddle which was the Gospel itself. There was great openness on their parts and great freedom on ours. Dave and MaryEllen, Rob, Bobbi and myself all talked to many people about Christ. Kyle engaged a college freshmen for nearly an hour. I think we left around 9:00 so for an hour and a half if was continuous public proclaiming of Jesus Christ as the Savior from our sins. Pray with us today for people who heard to come under conviction of sin and be drawn to salvation. Many other church people came as a part of the “crowd” and I was thankful for them all. The singing, the participation of the sketches and the engaging of people in conversation was the work of every one of us. My cup was filled with rejoicing for a great outreach into our community for Christ.
We are waiting today to get the next blood level results for my dad to see if his internal bleeding has stopped. It has been a long weekend as he has been in the hospital since Thursday. Continue to pray with us for his recovery.
Have a great day in the Lord,